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See tracks? Think train.

Freight and passenger trains are always running in North Carolina. Once emergency brakes are applied, it takes a train traveling 55 mph more than one mile, or about 18 football fields, to stop completely (Be Rail Safe).


Stay off of the tracks.

In 2014, 5 people were killed at railroad crossings and another 20 were killed while trespassing on railroad tracks in North Carolina (North Carolina Operation Lifesaver).



Every three hours, a person or vehicle is struck by a train in the United States.

95 percent of all rail-related deaths involve drivers trying to beat a train, or people walking on railroad tracks (Operation LifeSaver).


Stop. Trains Can’t.

How do you stop a train?

In an emergency, look for the blue sign. The number listed can stop the train more quickly than 911.

(NC By Train)

Safety tips:
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Never walk or bike on or near the railroad tracks.
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Never stop your car on railroad tracks.
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Stay behind the white lines if crossing guard is down or lights are flashing.
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Stay alert around railroad tracks. Headphones, cell phones, or other distractions could prevent you from hearing or seeing an approaching train.
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If your vehicle stalls on a railroad crossing, immediately get out and get far away from the tracks. Find the blue sign located by the railroad crossing and call the number listed – this will get you in contact with the railroad operator directly.
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Only cross tracks at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.
How to Be Safe
When you are a motorist:
  • Be prepared to stop at the crossing
  • Slow down, look both ways, and listen
  • Understand the signs and warning devices
  • Check that you have enough room on the other side of the tracks for your vehicle to cross safely
  • Never race a train
  • Never stop on tracks

Motorist Grade Crossing Illustration

When you are a pedestrian:
  • Stay alert—it is easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music, and conversation
  • Stop, look both ways, and listen
  • Follow all signs and instructions
  • Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings
  • Cross quickly, never stop on the tracks
  • Cross at a 90° angle if crossing with a bike, stroller, or wheelchair, as your wheels can become stuck

Pedestrian Grade Crossing Illustration

When at a passive crossing:
  • Be extra cautious as passive crossings do not have flashing lights and gates
  • Be prepared to stop at the crossing
  • Slow down, look both ways, and listen
  • Understand the signs
  • Never race a train
  • Never stop on tracks

Passive Grade Crossing Illustration


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